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$40m ECOWAS loan splits Kano Assembly

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO — Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators in Kano State House of Assembly have threatened to drag the House to court following the approval it gave to the state government to secure $40 million ECOWAS loan.

Minority leader of the House, Alhaji Gambo Salau told newsmen in Kano that there are procedural errors in  the approval, stressing that the government’s request for the loan has not followed due process.

Salau explained that, “the request by the executive is ambiguous and contradicts Section 121 Sub-section 1b Nigerian constitution,” maintaining that PDP will not support the process.

He further explained that the ECOWAS loan that is re-payable in 20 years is against the interest of Kano people, pointing out that details made available by the executive were not satisfactory.

The minority leader said that their worry emanated from the failure of the executive and the proponents of the $40 million ECOWAS loan to offer satisfactory explanation on the genuine intention to secure the loan, adding that “this is why we stood our ground”.

The ANPP legislators, while adopting the motion Wednesday, argued that the government will utilise the loan to finance the state Independent Power Project and the existing Water Expansion Project.

House majority leader, Mr Haliru Danga Maigari, said that the action of the ANPP-dominated Assembly was in the general interest of the Kano people, maintaining that the minority members have the  fundamental right to pursue legal actions on issues they deem fit.

Danga then decried the opposition members’ stance over what he called unnecessary politicking designed to rubbish government’s efforts at providing basic amenities to the citizens.


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